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Overview

The SQL book that most developers don't even know they need that's how I think of this book.

To be an effective application developer, you need to master SQL for the database you re going to be using. But many developers get by with the SQL they know, never realizing how much they're missing out on.

So this is first of all a book for developers who use Microsoft SQL Server as their DBMS (though it can help you if you want to master standard SQL, too). No matter how much SQL experience you have, you'll find new features that you haven't been taking advantage of.

In section 1, you ll learn the concepts and terms you need for working with any database. You ll also learn how to use the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Studio to work with queries and databases. At that point, you ll be prepared for rapid progress as you learn SQL.

In section 2, you ll learn all the skills for retrieving data from a database and for adding, updating, merging, and deleting that data. These skills move from the simple to the complex so you won t have any trouble if you re a SQL novice. And they present skills like using outer joins, summary queries, and subqueries that will raise your SQL expertise if you do have SQL experience.

In section 3, you ll learn how to design a database and how to implement that design using either SQL DDL (Data Definition Language) statements or the Management Studio. When you re done, you ll be able to design and implement your own databases. But even if you re never called upon to do that, this section will give you perspective that will make you a better SQL developer.

Section 4 presents the skills for working with databasefeatures like views, stored procedures, functions, triggers, cursors, transactions, and security. It teaches you how to use SQL features to work with XML data. And it shows you how to use the 2008 FILESTREAM storage feature to work with binary large objects (BLOBs) such as image, sound, and video files. These are the features that give a DBMS much of its power and that give you an extra edge in your SQL skills.

To complete your SQL Server skills, section 5 shows you how to use the CLR integration feature. This feature allows you to create database objects like stored procedures and user-defined types using a .NET language like C# or Visual Basic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890774516
  • Publisher: Murach, Mike & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 778
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 1.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2009

    Murachs┬┐ SQL Server 2008 For Developers

    This is yet another top notch book in the Murach lineup. It covers the fundamentals such as designing a normalized database, creating a database using SQL Server Management Studio as well as SQL script and then progresses to the more advanced topics such as working with views, stored procedures, triggers, and functions. There is also an entire chapter devoted solely to database security as well as (3) chapters on CLR coding. There¿s even a short appendix which includes syntax and coding tips and conventions.<BR/><BR/>I found this book to be very informative and easy to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone new to SQL Server as well as anyone looking for a top shelf reference.<BR/><BR/>Pat Byrne<BR/>Programmer/Analyst<BR/>Mobile County Public Schools

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

    Wonderful resource

    A very nice book.<BR/>Full of nice examples and very in depth.<BR/>As all Murach books are.<BR/>I especially liked the database design section.<BR/>Joins have always been a headache for me but this book really does make it very easy to grasp. I recommend this book to any serious developer.<BR/>Thanks again Murach

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